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My search for the best hot dog in New York continues….

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Smorgasburg completely overwhelms me. I often stop by at the weekly Brooklyn food festival for a quick cheap bite before one of my tours. But it’s never quick and never cheap. It takes me a long time to navigate the crowds and find something interesting to eat in a sea of overpriced and predictable food vendors. (more…)


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Every week, I document another dish that impressed and satiated me during my food adventures around New York City

SMORGASBURG QUEENS, 43-29 Crescent Street (between 44th Road and 43rd Avenue), Long Island City, Queens

I’ve been going to the Smorgasburg in Brooklyn for years now and each time it’s more and more maddening. The crowds are frustrating, the prices are too high, and much of the food is not as good as it used to be. Smorgasburg in Queens is a whole different world.

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Come back every Wednesday for another funny, informative video documenting my inept food adventures. NYC Food Cart Tour is my exploration of the hard-working vendors feeding NYC’s population every day.

I’ve spent the last few weeks documenting the nominees for the Vendy Awards. It’s been exciting and rewarding meeting the hard working vendors and tasting their delicious food. But it was all leading up to this past Saturday when over 25 vendors congregated on Governor’s Island to feed hungry attendees and celebrate their hard work all year long.

This year, the big winner was Snowday who are dedicated to their social mission of employing previously incarcerated youth and serve maple syrup inspired dishes. Best Dessert went to Doughnuttery, Coney Shack was crowned Rookie of the Year, Home Frite swept the Market Vendor category, and Best Street Drinks was awarded to Renegade Lemonade.

All the proceeds go back to the Street Vendor Project to fund their advocacy work in fighting for better laws for the street vendors.

Below is a video that gives an overview of the exciting, lively afternoon. I’m going to start prepping for next year right now.

2015 NYC Vendy Awards


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My search for the best hot dog in New York continues….

D'ANGELO'S ITALIAN SAUSAGE, Rego Park, Queens

Every year my buddy Jeff Orlick co-organizes an exciting neighborhood event in Jackson Heights, Queens. It’s called Viva la Comida and Jeff brings in some of the best, most eclectic street food from the borough.

VIVA LA COMIDA, vivalacomida.com

I always expect to see some Indian, Asian, and South American food represented. But I always forget about the European food trucks. And I really shouldn’t.

This year, alongside Mystikk Masala and The Arepa Lady, was a classic old-school Italian sausage truck that parks on Woodhaven Avenue, far from the route of most Manhattan-based food obsessives.

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Category: Hot Dogs

Come back every Wednesday for another funny, informative video documenting my inept food adventures. On the Road has me traveling the country searching for the most iconic and local dishes.

A few weeks ago, I went with some friends up to the Hudson valley to worship a modest little vegetables that chefs and foodies go crazy for this time of year. It’s called a ramp and it’s been known to heal all wounds.

The wild onion is abundant in much of the eastern United States, but especially along the Hudson river. It looks similar to a scallion, but it has a much stronger garlicky flavor. Its season lasts from about late April to early June. If you eat out in New York City at that time, you can’t avoid it. Restaurants put it on burgers, in pastas, in cocktails, you name it.

But the season is coming to a close soon, so overindulge in ramps while you can and check out my Tastemade video of Ramp Fest, an exciting food event that celebrated the ramp in all its glory.


Category: Video

Every week, I document another dish that impressed and satiated me during my food adventures around New York City

YUJI RAMEN, Smorgasburg, Tobacco Warehouse at Brooklym Bridge Park, Dumbo, BrooklynYuji Ramen has been getting a lot of buzz in the food world lately. Japanese chef Yuji Haraguhi’s unusual ramen dishes have been a popular option at Smorgasburg since last year; the chef is serving a sold-out tasting menu at Whole Foods through the summer; and the word is a permanent location will be opening up in Williamsburg in the next few months.

All of this excitement made me curious about the noodles. When I found myself at Smorgasburg this past Sunday, the last thing I was craving was ramen soup. It was one of the warmer days of the year and I could have done ice cream, oysters, even a huge BBQ sandwich. But ramen wasn’t on my mind.

Yet I saw that Yuji Ramen’s stand had virtually no line and I thought this would be my opportunity to see what all the hype was about – ramen craving or no ramen craving.

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